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Excel Library

This library uses the DispHelper COM Helper Library to manipulate data in MS Excel worksheet through Excel's COM interface. The functions for accessing data are registered as __get and __set respectively so that array access expression, e.g., a = xls[i,j] or xls[i,j] = a, may be used to get and set values in cells of a worksheet.

Function Parameter Type Remark
excel([flag]) Boolean Creates and returns an Excel object. If the optional flag is set to true, errors may be shown in a message window (good for debugging).
.open(fname) string Opens an Excel file. Return 0 if successful.
.visible(flag) boolean Makes Excel visible or invisible (default).
.close()   Closes the Excel program. Return 0 if successful.
.save([fanme]) string Save Excel workbook; or save as another file if the optional fname is given. Return 0 if successful.
.activate(index) integer Activates the specified worksheet. Return zero if successful.
.add([name]) string Adds one worksheet and renames it if the optional name is given.
.delete()   Deletes the active worksheet.
.ncol(i, j) integers Counts the number of non-empty columns starting from cell(i,j) and return an integer.
.nrow(i, j) integers Counts the number of non-empty rows starting from cell(i,j) and return an integer.
.__get(row, col) integers or arrays Gets the value in cell(row, col) in the active worksheet. Returns a real, a string, or a null depending on the content in the cell. If row and col are arrays, e.g., 1:10 and 5:30, it returns a pointer of double containing data in the range.
.__set(row, col, value) integer or array, integer or array, number or string or user Sets the value to cell(row, col) in the active worksheet. If row and col are arrays and value is a user object, it assumes the pointer of the user object points to exact number of double values.


load("excel.dll", "matrix.dll");

xls = excel(true);"e:\\Book1.xls");
xls[1,1] = 100.0;
xls[1,1] = "Hi!";

ptr = xls[1:5,3:7];
d = double(5, 5);
d.fill(0, 1);
[ptr, n] = d.ptr();
xls[1:5,3:7] = ptr;;

// Because a dialog box may show up in closing Excel
// it is recommended to wait a while and then
// send the ENTER key to the foreground window.